IRCTC Train Ticket Booking : Must Know Rules For Passenegers

Tatkal Ticket Booking

  1. Tatkal Advanced Reservation Period (ARP) Booking is not allowed before 10 AM, one day in advance. This means Tatkal e-ticket can booked one day in advance excluding the day of journey from 10.00 am onwards  either from IRCTC or from Indian Railway Reservation Counters (e.g. for a journey on 4rth, bookings would open at 10 am on 3rd).
  2. The day of journey is defined as the day of chart preparation. So if the train starts on 4rth, and reaches the boarding station on 5th, the Tatkal booking will start on 3rd, and not 4rth.
  3. Tatkal bookings are allowed in all classes except First AC.
  4. Tatkal Charges are given below:
    • 10 %of the basic fare for second class and 30% of the basic fare for second class and 30% of the basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum as noted below:-
    Class of Travel Minimum Tatkal Charges Maximum Tatkal Charges
    (In Rs.) (In Rs.)
    Second(sitting) 10:00 15:00
    Sleeper 75:00 150:00
    AC Chair Car 75:00 150:00
    AC 3 Tier 200:00 300:00
    AC 2 Tier 200:00 300:00
    Executive 200:00 300:00
  5. No concession is allowed in Tatkal booking.This restriction applies to Sr. citizen concession also.
  6. No authorised agent, even from the IRCTC, will be allowed to book tickets online until 1200 hours.
  7. Tatkal Tickets can be cancelled, however, no refund will be granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets/duplicate tatkal ticket except in special circumstances.
  8. ID numbers are must while booking and ID cards need to be carried while travelling in the train. Printout out tickets are not necessary; SMS or screenshot of the ticket (VRM/MRM) from IRCTC will be treated as equal to ticket.
  9. If the passenger whose identity card number is indicated on the ticket is not traveling, all other passengers booked on that ticket, if found traveling in train, will be treated as traveling without ticket and charged accordingly.

Valuable Information For Train Passengers (In General)

  1. Railway website for checking seat availability or chart preparation time : IndianRailInfo
  2. Railway website for tracking the position of train to see if the train is running late: Rail Radar
  3. Railway website for checking PNR status : Indian Rail
  4. Website for filing TDR : IRCTC
  5. INTERNET incoming day booking not allowed before 8 AM. (Opening day train bookings, which can be booked 120 days in advance).

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